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Stress Management. By: Krista Reale. Stress. Defined as, “forces from the outside world impinging on the individual.” - (MedicineNet.com) Normal part of life Can help us learn and grow Can cause significant problems. Types of Stress.

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stress management

Stress Management

By: Krista Reale

stress
Stress

Defined as, “forces from the outside world impinging on the individual.”

- (MedicineNet.com)

  • Normal part of life
  • Can help us learn and grow
  • Can cause significant problems
types of stress
Types of Stress

Stress itself is not the problem, but rather how we respond to the stressor.

  • Eustress = “good” stress
    • Getting married; Having a baby
  • Distress = “bad” stress
    • Work demands; Death in family
behavioral consequences
Stress can trigger bad habits

Ways to cope and/or escape

Unhealthy methods and outcomes

Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco, Caffeine

Overindulgence in food

Loss of appetite

Poor sleep habits

Behavioral Consequences
physical emotional consequences
Raised heart rate

High blood pressure

Tension on arteries = damage

Weakened immune system

Anxiety

Depression

Physical & Emotional Consequences
stress management techniques
Stress Management Techniques
  • Recognize your stressors
  • Realize what you can and cannot change
  • Do something that makes you happy everyday
    • Take a bubble bath; Read a book; etc.
  • Exercise and maintain a healthy diet!
  • Find healthy ways to cope
exercise to reduce stress
Exercise to Reduce Stress
  • Physical cardiovascular activity reduces stress
  • Improves blood flow to brain
  • Releases endorphins
    • “feel good” chemicals
  • Improves self-esteem
    • better response to stress
  • Running, Cycling, Swimming, etc.
meditation
Meditation relaxes the mind and body

Sit quietly and comfortably

Close your eyes

Breathe deeply

Loosen up all muscles

Imagine yourself in a peaceful place

Meditation
proper nutrition to lessen stress
Proper Nutrition to Lessen Stress

As previously mentioned, stress weakens the immune system.

  • A healthy diet improves the immune system
  • Emphasis on fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol
  • Drink at least 8 8-oz. glasses of water each day
healthy ways to deal with stress
Healthy Ways to Deal with Stress
  • Talk about your feelings out loud
    • Friends, Family members
  • Write feelings down
    • Journal, E-mail, Write letters
  • Manage your time well
    • Make lists, Organize, Prioritize
  • Find healthy alternatives for bad stress-relieving habits
  • Keep a positive attitude 
sources
Sources
  • For More Information:
    • http://www.medicinenet.com
    • http://www.mindtools.com
    • http://www.ivf.com/stress.html
    • http://www.umanitoba.ca/womens_health/nstress.htm
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